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The Powerful Medicine Of Laughter ~ 5 Proven Physical Benefits Of Humor

Is there any proof to the idea of the healing power of humor?

The powerful medicine of laughter is perhaps one of the sweetest elixirs that exists. Even in the midst of some of the greatest trials I have endured, the ability to find little pockets of humor proved invaluable. But, is there any tangible proof that humor can actually help to heal the body?

I consider it to be a necessity of life. Really, I truly feel sorry for people with little to no sense of humor. I’m not talking about the poor souls who are going through honest times of tragedy and heartbreak. There are seasons of life when there really is nothing to laugh about. Rather, I am referring to those serious-minded individuals who find laughter a waste of time.

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I had a friend many years ago who got very sick. ‘D’ and I went to visit her in the hospital on the night before she was scheduled to have her spleen removed. We spent a little over an hour in the room with her telling jokes and stories. She laughed intensely nearly the entire time we were there. The next day when blood tests were run right before surgery, they discovered her condition seemed to have miraculously improved. She never had the splenectomy , and made a full recovery soon after.

You can dismiss the above story if you want, but I’m telling you it is the honest truth. I’ve never experienced anything as inexplicable as that, and yet the only thing that occured out of the ordinary was her involvement in an hour long session of full on belly laughing approx. 12 hours prior to her sceduled procedure…hmmmm. Below is a compilation of physiological changes that occur in the body when we laugh {sources: WebMD and the Mayo Clinic}

The Powerful Medicine Of Laughter ~ 5 Proven Physical Benefits Of Humor

  1. Improved Immune System Response ~ The ‘positive’ thought response that occurs when we laugh causes neuropeptides to be released from the brain to the body. This causes stress relief, which in turn helps to fight serious illness.

  2. Blood Sugar ~ A study was done on two groups of people who were given the same meal. One group then had to attend a boring lecture, the second group was given a comedy to watch after. The second group’s blood sugar levels were lower after watching an humorous film.

  3. Improved Sleep & Relaxation ~ You may have heard of a book called, ‘Anatomy Of An Illness’. It was written by a professor and journalist named Norman Cousins. After an extremely stressful time he spent in Russia, he developed a degenerative spinal disease called ankylosing spondylitis. Contrary to popular medical belief at the time, he genuinely felt that it was the stress that caused his illness. He set out to holistically heal himself, with laughter and humor being a main medicinal ingredient in his treatment. It worked, and he went on to live to the age of 75.

  4. Pain Relief ~ Laughter causes the brain to produce feel good chemicals (endorphins/seratonin). They also work to relieve pain.

  5. Blood Flow ~ Laughter causes blood vessels to contract and expand with ease. Good blood flow is essential to; organ health, reduced risk of blood clots, RLS improvement, lessens chance of strokes/cardiovascular disease, and much more.

The Powerful Medicine Of Laughter ~ 5 Proven Physical Benefits Of Humor



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    November 29 at 8:28 am

    Absolutely love reading posts like this. The body is an amazing thing. And how the chemicals and nutrition influences how our body works is amazing. What a cool story about your friend and her splenectomy. That is so awesome that she didn’t have to have it done. We love to laugh around our house, usually they’re all laughing at me, or with me, for my silly mistakes. But I think we need to do it more often.
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      November 30 at 9:54 pm

      Agreed Nikki! Laughing is simply one of the best things for your body…I love that! 🙂 ♥

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